On July 31, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), a Group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), conducted a summer school class at its Takasago Works for elementary school children living in Takasago City, Hyogo Prefecture. Every year businesses operating in the Takasago area are requested to cooperate in holding events designed to have local children learn the wonders of science and the importance of work through scientific experiments and factory visits. This year MHPS cooperated in this worthy undertaking.
The class was attended by approximately 90 fourth- to sixth-grade children who had applied to participate. They were guided by female employees working in various divisions who are members of a project created to enhance MHPS’s customer relations. Places visited at the Takasago Works included the factory dedicated to nuclear power turbine rotors and the plant dedicated to assembly of gas turbines, products whose high efficiency contributes to preservation of the global environment. The students also attended a class where they could observe the impact that results when a suspended load drops; from this they learned the importance of self-protection by never going beneath a heavy load.
After their factory visit, the children offered up their impressions of the day. One expressed how glad he was to participate because he learned a lot about turbines. Another said it was beneficial to understand how dangerous doing certain things can be. We hope the participating children came away from the day’s experience with greater interest in science and an awareness of the importance of protecting the environment and staying safe.
Going forward, through various opportunities the MHI Group will continue to actively support education of the children of the next generation.